When Looking for a New Job Feels Like a Full Time Job!

Written By Catherine Stier

According to Glassdoor, “on average, each corporate job attracts 250 resumes. Of those candidates, 4 to 6 will get called for an interview, and only one will get the job.”

You have a 2.4% chance of getting a call when you apply for a job. With these kinds of stats, job searching can get frustrating to say the least and can feel like you must spend a lot of time to even have a shot at getting your resume reviewed.

But what if you don’t have a lot of time? We have some suggestions on how to increase the probability of getting a call.

  1. Use your network!

If you’re on LinkedIn, always check to see who you know that works at a company you’re applying for. Reach out, let them know you’re thinking of applying and see if they have any suggestions for you. You never know what tips an insider can give you.

  1. Follow up.

An application followed by a connection on LinkedIn, or an email to HR, shows that you’re serious about the job and not just “putting feelers out”.

  1. Reach out to an industry-specific recruiter

When you see a job posted online, there is a very good chance that a recruiter specializing in that industry is either recruiting on the position or knows people at the company that they could put you in touch with.

Here at Germer International, about 1 in every 3 professionals that we represent for a position gets a phone interview. There are a few reasons why this is the case:

  • We know what our client is looking for, and since those examples aren’t always in your resume, we can tell them directly how you’re a relevant fit for the position.
  • We also look at resumes all day, we know what your competition looks like and we can give you advice on how to highlight your experience in the best way possible.
  • We also have access and influence with the people reviewing your resume. We’re able to follow up and make a case for why you should be interviewed.

We hope that these tips will help you become one of the 2.4% of applicants who get the call.